Del Mar City Council will not ask to include Camino del Mar in transportation plan — at this time
By Marlena Medford
The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) recently released its Draft 2050 Regional Transportation Plan, a $196 billion 40-year vision for roadway and mass transit. The public comment period for this plan started in April and runs through the end of this month — a time during which Del Mar can request that Camino del Mar be added to SANDAG’s Regional Arterial System (RAS), which could potentially allow the city to apply for future funding it does not have access to now. However, during its June 11 meeting, the Del Mar City Council decided to hold off on making that request, saying that more research into the matter was needed.
Back in 1989 the city requested to have Camino del Mar excluded from SANDAG’s regional arterial system, due to concerns that it may loose local jurisdiction over that street by doing so. After further investigation since then, city staff confirmed that jurisdiction would not be impacted and therefore recommended that the city council consider requesting that Camino del Mar be added to the regional arterial system. That idea did not sit well with at least five residents, who publicly spoke out against it. Some of the speakers cited concerns that such a request didn’t make sense in the midst of major downtown revitalization efforts, which might change traffic-flow on Camino del Mar. A better idea, some suggested, would be to wait until after there is a solid downtown revitalization plan, and then explore the option of adding Camino del Mar to the regional arterial system.
SANDAG updates its Regional Transportation Plan every couple of years, at which point Del Mar may have future opportunities to request that Camino del Mar be added to the regional arterial system. SANDAG’s next review and update for its Regional Transportation Plan is tentatively slated for late 2013.
If you would like to view SANDAG’s entire 2050 Draft Regional Transportation Plan, go to sandag.org/2050rtp.
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